Player tests positive at Palermo Ladies Open

Ross Houston
August 4, 2020

The WTA confirmed the existence of a positive for coronavirus in the Palermo tournament (Italy), which marks this Monday the resumption of the women's circuit after the break due to the pandemic.

Organisers said they returned negative results when they underwent a Polymerase Chain Reaction test, now being used to detect COVID-19.

The WTA International-level event would usually attract only a modest field but its initial entry list boasted a host of players in the top 20, including two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep of Romania.

"Any individual who tests positive will remain in isolation until cleared by a physician per the established protocols, and will receive proper medical treatment".

"In addition, all those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing per WTA protocols".

Plenty of exhibition events have taken place across the world since the sport was abruptly halted in early March but the women's tournament in the Sicilian capital will be the first across both the elite WTA and ATP tours in five months.

Local organizers said the player was admitted to a national health facility designated for asymptomatic patients with COVID-19.

The tournament's coronavirus consultant, Professor Antonio Cascio, said: "The effectiveness of the protocols and related controls allowed us to intercept a positive case among the players who arrived in Palermo". She withdrew her participation at the restart not only because of "the recent surge in Covid 19 cases" in her home, as ranked second on Twitter, but also because of her "concern about worldwide aviation".

Organizers had announced on Friday that more than 400 coronavirus tests were carried out on players and staff members, and all of them were negative.

Petra Martic, Marketa Vondrousova, Elise Mertens, Donna Vekic, Dayana Yastremska and Kristina Mladenovic ar ethe stars of the tournaments which we hope it will continue without any other problems after the positivity to the virus of Tomova.

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